" They worked very hard on my case and got me a very, very favorable outcome "
Over the course of 27 years, Frederick L. Sosinsky has handled hundreds of drug cases in the federal and state courts in New York, establishing himself as a top-flight, hard-nosed New York drug attorney. And he has been very successful at taking care of these charges for his clients.
Whether the case involves charges of simple possession of drugs or a complex, multi-defendant federal conspiracy case spanning a decade of time, Mr. Sosinsky has the experience and know-how that translates into successful resolutions of drug cases.
Narcotics or controlled substance cases are by far the most commonly prosecuted cases in the New York and Federal Criminal justice system. In New York State courts, drug charges may be brought as a misdemeanor (a less serious case), or as a felony, a far more serious crime.
By and large, the severity of the charges (whether the charges are misdemeanor or felony) will depend on three factors: the type of drugs involved, the amount or quantity of the drugs involved, and whether or not there is evidence that the drugs were to be sold to another person.
Drug charges in New York State courts typically involve situations in which the police claim to have found a person in possession of drugs in their clothing, in a car, or in an apartment or house. Or the police claim to have observed a person selling drugs to another person, or claim to have purchased drugs from a person while acting in an undercover capacity.
No matter what the scenario, drug cases in New York State courts are serious matters, and the potential punishment for a narcotics conviction, even for a first offense, can be very harsh. If the amount of drugs possessed or sold is significant enough, under New York law, the charges you face can even be as harsh as a murder charge.
In New York State Law, the following crimes are referred to as Controlled Substance Offenses, Marijuana Offenses, and Offenses involving Criminal Diversion of Prescription Medications and Prescriptions and/or related offenses.
Here’s a closer look at the actual drug charges you might be facing.
Most federal narcotics cases are the result of investigations conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). The most common federal charges involve the manufacture, distribution, dispensing or possession with the intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense of controlled substances, the use of a telephone or other electronic device in connection with a controlled substance offense, the importation or smuggling of controlled substances into the United States, and conspiring to commit these offenses.
This last crime – conspiracy – has been called the “darling of prosecutors” and is charged in almost every drug case brought in federal court.
Federal drug cases also often involve charges brought against so-called drug trafficking organizations and can result in scores of people being arrested for their alleged roles in an ongoing enterprise. With greater frequency, they may also involve the alleged diversion of prescription medications for illicit uses, and the unlawful distribution of controlled substances on the internet by online pharmacies.
Due to highly complex and confusing federal sentencing guidelines and congressionally-imposed minimum sentences that apply to narcotics cases, it is imperative that you hire a New York drug attorney with years of experience defending persons accused of federal narcotics charges. If your car lease is involved in the narcotics deal, it can be possessed from you. That’s why, it’s crucial to save your car lease deal by speaking to an attorney.
The punishments you face if convicted of a drug offense in federal court are severe. Depending on the type of substance involved and the quantity for which one is being held responsible, even for a first offender, there may be mandatory minimum prison sentences involved of at least 5 and up to 10 years. If an accused has previously been convicted of a narcotics-related offense, a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years may be involved.
Federal Drug Charges are tough cases, but Mr. Sosinsky meets the challenge and is retained regularly by new clients to help them.
Under the United States Code, the following are narcotics-related crimes:
(This is found at www.dea.gov/pubs/csa.html and sections that follow)
Experience has taught us that narcotics cases feature two recurring themes: questionable action on the part of law enforcement in searching for and seizing evidence, and the use of dubious police informants in furthering police investigations.We have litigated hundreds of motions to suppress or to throw out of court evidence which was obtained in violation of a person’s constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
And in hundreds of cases, I’ve aggressively fought against reliance on unsavory police informers.
In drug cases, there are several critical issues and defenses which arise regularly and with which the defense attorney must have a breadth of experience. I have:
At the end of the day, you have a choice. You can depend on an “average” New York drug attorney, or one of the best.
So if you, or a loved one, finds them self to be the target of an investigation related to drug crimes, or has already been arrested and charged with a drug related crime, and wants one of the best, don’t hesitate to call me immediately for a free consultation at 212-285-2270. If you need help after regular business hours or on a weekend, call my emergency line at 917-749-4420.